Fit For Nothing???!! 
Well Madonna was fab! How incredible she is for 50! I did pick up a few ideas Maree…I’m thinking short shorts and fishnets for the launch of the new Pump release. Add an electric guitar instead of a barbell and I feel sure we will be mistaken for Madonna. (I may have to find a blonde wig). What do you reckon Lorna? And should we add some double dutch skipping, Madonna style as well? I think Jane might like to dress up as well – she looks remarkably like Madonna….if you squint through semi-closed eyes after having several drinks…..and she belts out the songs with as much gusto as Madonna (well she certainly hogs the microphone). And I happen to know that her favourite song is ‘Like A Virgin’, closely followed by ‘Give It To Me’…I think she actually co-wrote ‘Hung Up’ because most of her phone calls end that way…..

Well I am knackered from working out too much this week I think but I am running to a very tight deadline. I am feeling quite good at the moment. It is great to be resuming my ‘usual routines’ but it is very frustrating that my hair is growing so slowly that I still look like a cancer patient. I thought I would have enough hair to show by now but it is still very sparse and patchy. Although most chemo patients end up with curly hair after treatment, mine is still dead straight but it is a darker colour than before.

I have an exciting few weeks ahead as I have my Body Attack training, which I think may kill me. In Australia I regularly went to Attack and Body Step and have been desperate to get the programs at Bannatynes. In was a cruel twist of fate, Paul (manager of Banns) had agreed to getting the licence for Attack (after two years of my nagging) and I was booked to go on the training course the week after I was diagnosed . Thanks to Traci and Rosie, Attack was launched on the January timetable, without me, and has been a huge success. It was bad enough to be thrown out of my Pump and freestyle classes so suddenly, but to miss out launching Attack was like a stab in the heart – not that I felt it as I was too busy vomiting and living in a chemo-induced haze….

Anyway, I am now booked on the Attack training course on the 27th and 28th Sept and will have a class on the October timetable – almost one year to the day of my diagnosis. I am unsure whether I am fit enough to survive the training – those of you who have done an Attack class will have an idea of what I am in for; imagine an Attack class for two days solid….

I have been working hard on my CV fitness and think I will be ok but due to the operation I still do not have enough upper body strength to do 5 minutes of press ups yet. I run the risk of lymphoedema if I push my arm too much – it is aching now (but that could be from hitting Jane tonight cause she made a sarcy comment). But when I look back to the first four months of this year, I am motivated to work harder and am quite pleased that 12 months, almost to the day, after my diagnosis I will be teaching Attack. It has been so wonderful to be back teaching Pump (even if I can’t remember the choreography!).

I have booked the RITZ!!! On the 29th of October 2008 Jonathan and I will be sitting in a luxurious restaurant eating sandwiches and cake. On the 29th of October 2007 Jonathan and I were sitting in a small room at the Conquest Hospital listening to a surgeon tell us that I had breast cancer and would need surgery, chemo and radio. I can’t say this past year has gone quickly but I am very grateful to have arrived at the place I have now. There is a lot yet to be done, in terms of my mind and body but I feel pleased I have made it to this point. Someday soon this uphill climb will become less steep and I may be able to catch my breathe and reflect on this past year, but for the moment I plan to rush headlong back into some semblance of a ‘normal’ life. love Deb x
PS Remember bloggers - forget New Year's Eve this year and save yourself for the Bloggers' Bash on the 10th Jan....more on that later.

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